Susan Enslein Walton is the group’s founder and the author of "Coloring Outside Autism's Lines" (published by Sourcebooks, Inc.) about fun and rewarding activities for families with an autistic child. She started the group hoping to know a few other families traveling the same road. It has grown beyond all imaginings. Since then she has joined the board of the Best Day Foundation, a non-profit that offers adventure days at the beach and snow to children with special needs, as well as founding an outdoor school for teens with autism (OASIS, the Outdoor Autism & Special Issues School). She continues to shoot from the hip in PPSNK, to the collective joy and dismay of all its members.
Lori McEnnerney is the mom of a teenager with special needs, and she has a wealth of experience with cerebral palsy as well as medical advocacy, special education advocacy, and homeschooling. She is well-versed in assistive technology and has a terrific ability to size up the size of a fight in order to recommend smart advocacy choices. She considers alternative treatments with an open mind but a weathered eye. Lori has been an strong voice and dedicated adviser in PPSNK since early days.
Shannon Cogan left her decade-plus career in trial law and wound up running AbleCloset, a nonprofit organization that provides equipment to children with special needs. She volunteers in her children's schools and served as president of the Community Advisory Committee for Special Education for the San Jose Unified School District. Shannon wants to empower parents to be advocates and will unfailingly tell you to put everything in writing. She found PPSNK during a time of crisis and credits the group with crowd sourcing the information she needed to be a successful advocate for her own child.
Janet Weisman Goff is the mother of two girls, and a mentor to all the families dealing with learning disabilities, ADD and ADHD. She brings her background as both a parent and a reading tutor to the group, along with a lifelong love of art and reading. Her advice on sensory integration, handwriting, reading and writing difficulty, and parent coping strategies are legendary. She too has been tirelessly helping families in PPSNK since its early days, sharing strategies and experiences and lessons learned on her journey.